WSJ fires back on Obama ad: Yeah, about that “nonpartisan report”…

posted at 4:01 pm on September 14, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Wednesday, the Obama campaign released another variation of their many advertisements berating Mitt Romney for his positively dodgy personal tax secrecy and his downright fiendish desire to raise taxes on the middle class in order to help out his millionaire buddies. Or something. (Man, the Obama campaign is really fond of the not-so-subliminal messaging with that Trump plane image in the background, aren’t they?)

The Wall Street Journal was somewhat less than pleased with the Team Obama’s assertions laying claim to their authority.

President Obama is running another ad pretending Mitt Romney has a secret plan to raise taxes on the middle class, which Freudians would call projection. We’re not sure what they’d call the President’s bid to make us his accomplices by invoking The Wall Street Journal, but our term for it is political sociopathy. …

Apart from taking our name in vain, the larger problem is citing a month-old blog post about what is a single and now discredited report. The Tax Policy Center authors—Samuel Brown, William Gale and Adam Looney, the last a former Obama Administration economist—concluded that Mr. Romney’s tax plan was “mathematically impossible” and therefore to avoid increasing the deficit he would have to dip into the lower-income brackets for more revenue. …

Egged on by the likes of the Tax Policy Center, the media are demanding an absurd level of detail from Mr. Romney that no candidate in history has ever been required to offer. (What will you do about the tax treatment of municipal bond interest?) Meanwhile, Mr. Obama is awarded with a get-out-of-policy-jail-free card for his budget that proposes to take on debt indefinitely until the economy crashes. A middle-class tax increase is far more likely—we’d say a certainty—under Mr. Obama’s plan than it is under Mr. Romney’s.

Smack. Down.

Just to parry the Team Obama ad, here’s another from Crossroads GPS pushing back on who’d really hurt the middle class:

 


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Preezy is in trouble, we got this.

rob verdi on September 14, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Where are all the “Pants-on-fire” factcheckers when you need them?

aunursa on September 14, 2012 at 4:05 PM

That’s a pretty sharp looking ad. Pretty neat that you guys are still, 2months out, resigned tohating barry and showing his ads.

No pride, no love, no nothing for rMoney. Left to saying losing polls are really winning polls. Left to watch him start monday by saying Bam’s a coward then follow it up Friday with he’s a great guy and I agreed with him on the embassy tweet.

Pretty solid week.

tommyhawk on September 14, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Fires shotted.

Lots of fires today.

Where’s CiC?

koaiko on September 14, 2012 at 4:07 PM

WSJ fires back on Obama ad: Yeah, about that “nonpartisan report”…

Obama is toast, burnt toast at that. And if that is raaaaacist, well to damned bad.

War is coming to the Middle East.

SWalker on September 14, 2012 at 4:07 PM

So, the Wall Street Journal was quoting a study that essentially originated from the Obama administration, then quoted the Wall Street Journal quoting them, and asserted that it was a Wall Street Journal Study?

Dang, that is dishonest even by Obama standards!!

WolvenOne on September 14, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Now let’s load up them ads into a Gatling gun and hold down the trigger and fire repeatedly….boot, throat, squish—REPEAT…

hillsoftx on September 14, 2012 at 4:08 PM

With 0bama having the LIbEral media behind him, who will the voters believe?

Staying home instead of volunteering with the GOP is not a real option. It is surrendering to the liberal machine.

DannoJyd on September 14, 2012 at 4:08 PM

I live in South Carolina, so I’m seeing none of these ads, but I like the Crossroads ad a lot.

SouthernGent on September 14, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Nicey nice Mitt………does he really really understand the media hates him?

PappyD61 on September 14, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Where are all the “Pants-on-fire” factcheckers when you need them?

aunursa on September 14, 2012 at 4:05 PM

They’re busy writing the Obama ads.

Curtiss on September 14, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Where are all the “Pants-on-fire” factcheckers when you need them?

aunursa on September 14, 2012 at 4:05 PM

…only works on R’s…(something in the program)

KOOLAID2 on September 14, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Divisiveness and hate.
Negative campaigning …the low road for Teh One.
The low road.

The Liberal Pravdacrats have turned into the people they say they would never be.

Precedents.

FlaMurph on September 14, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Bbbbut the WSJ is a rich persons paper or something….

workingclass artist on September 14, 2012 at 4:16 PM

OT: The day I’m inaugurated Muslim hostility will ease…

d1carter on September 14, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Yep, that needs to be a campaign ad. Karl Rove!

slickwillie2001 on September 14, 2012 at 4:17 PM

AND, Its TIME TO CALL OUT obama FOR THE LIAR THAT HE IS.

FlaMurph on September 14, 2012 at 4:18 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Egan-Jones Ratings Co. said Friday it downgraded its U.S. sovereign rating to AA- from AA on concerns that the Fed’s new round of quantitative easing, or QE3, will hurt the U.S. economy.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/egan-jones-downgrades-us-rating-on-qe3-move-2012-09-14

workingclass artist on September 14, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Figures that Zero would have a guy with the last name Looney as an economist on his team.

DouginMD on September 14, 2012 at 4:20 PM

So tell us again, Team Obama, how many new taxes are coming after the election courtesy of Obamacare — and who’s gonna pay?

Never mind the “How in Hell is Obama even in this race?” questions, why is he still in office?

RobertMN on September 14, 2012 at 4:21 PM

MEANWHILE, our credit rating is ONCE AGAIN downgraded !!

AA-

Good job, Preezy !!
Truly an historical presidency !!
Sigh.

pambi on September 14, 2012 at 4:21 PM

The salient factor about the O ads are not so much the facts (yes, dispute the facts), but that they succeed in ridiculing Romney in terms of making him look like a dislikeable goofball. Find a way to counter this somehow.
Another point about the ads in general, now we have Bill Clinton in an ad saying “this election is about who is most likely to bring us to full employment,” + “I’m B Obama, and I approved this ad.” The point, how are both the R & Dem sides trying to make the election about the economy? That can’t benefit both sides, and I maintain that narrowing the election down to the economy benefits the Dems because it marginalizes Obama’s radicalism, and pushes to the side a host of issues where we have the obvious advantage: immigration, gay marriage, and now, the muslim menance (which 70% favor the conservative side), among others.
If you insist on avoiding any controversial issue even if it benefits us, at least try to frame the election in terms of the out of control govt (and in a left / right framework), not so much about the narrower short-term economy. O wants the election to be about the economy. When do we wake up? To late I imagine.

anotherJoe on September 14, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Man, tommyhawk seems truculent and sullen today. Anyone have any idea what’s bothering him? :)

a capella on September 14, 2012 at 4:25 PM

AND, Its TIME TO CALL OUT obama FOR THE LIAR THAT HE IS.

FlaMurph on September 14, 2012 at 4:18 PM

That is the job left to the grass roots supporters who are now spending their time kn ocking on doors so as to spread the messages of our preferred candidates, and while you probably know that I find it disgusting that so few are participating today.

I guess those bench warmers like the ieda of a second term for 0bama.

DannoJyd on September 14, 2012 at 4:25 PM

OT: The day I’m inaugurated Muslim hostility will ease…

d1carter on September 14, 2012 at 4:08 PM

I’m not surprised that a lying, narcissistic fraud like Obama would say that.

I’m surprised that millions and millions of Americans believed it.

visions on September 14, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Man, tommyhawk seems truculent and sullen today. Anyone have any idea what’s bothering him? :)

a capella on September 14, 2012 at 4:25 PM

PMS and….the Ras poll showing Romney up by 3 I guess…plus the middle east debacle for that idiot of a preezy gone AWOL during this whole crisis…vegas, baby, while our US diplomatic personnel gets mobbed, sodomized and killed, largely because of his inane policies and an incompetent state department…

jimver on September 14, 2012 at 4:30 PM

This does nothing to change the fact that the Bush McRomney plane is still going down in flames.

newtopia on September 14, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Man, tommyhawk seems truculent and sullen today. Anyone have any idea what’s bothering him? :)

a capella on September 14, 2012 at 4:25 PM

His messiah just got caught doing the same thing to Ambassador Christopher Stevens that he did to Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. Sacrificed him to produce a serious crises that could then not be allowed to go to waste.

SWalker on September 14, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Yeah, I’m shaking my head at the level of detail that the media wants the candidate to provide while at the same time ignoring the hard facts on what the incumbent has messed up, missed his own stated targets and then just totally lied about.

We need a rating agency for bias in reporting. Let them dissemble all they want and carry water openly, but give them a +(D) or +(R) rating that distinguishes what they say as coming from a certain level of bias. Seriously, how many neutral (N) reporters are there getting any national air time these days? If they’ve given up on the pretense of neutrality, make them wear it.

CitizenEgg on September 14, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Where are all the “Pants-on-fire” factcheckers when you need them?

aunursa on September 14, 2012 at 4:05 PM

…only works on R’s…(something in the program)

KOOLAID2 on September 14, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Yep, feature, not bug…

jimver on September 14, 2012 at 4:33 PM

On top of the fact the TPC report was geneerated by fomer Barry economic staff and had not so hidden agenda,

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/post/tax-policy-center-decides-romneys-tax-plan-is-less-impossible/2012/08/16/39f3a6ee-e7ef-11e1-936a-b801f1abab19_blog.html

the authors had added back some of the savings to pay for the tax cut it conveniently ignored, though NOT ALL, after they were unmasked by the American Enterprise Institute. That walk back was not widely reported.

bayview on September 14, 2012 at 4:34 PM

The point, how are both the R & Dem sides trying to make the election about the economy? That can’t benefit both sides, and I maintain that narrowing the election down to the economy benefits the Dems …

anotherJoe on September 14, 2012 at 4:23 P

Say what? How does the economy benefit Obama? Has he been successful in making sure unemployment below 7% as he promised? Even with the cooked numbers that eliminate people who have given up looking for work from the calculation? Is gasoline anywhere close to what it was when he took office? Are people more secure in their jobs now? Are people paying the same or less for food and necessities than when he took office?

How can the economy benefit Obama? People who are voting know situation and the situation of their family, friends, and neighbors.

The dems think this will benefit them because they think that they can lie and tell people that what the people are experiencing is not happening. That’s not going to work this time around.

AZfederalist on September 14, 2012 at 4:34 PM

No pride, no love, no nothing for rMoney. Left to saying losing polls are really winning polls. Left to watch him start monday by saying Bam’s a coward then follow it up Friday with he’s a great guy and I agreed with him on the embassy tweet.

Pretty solid week.

tommyhawk on September 14, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Meanwhile, embassies in the middle east are burning, American foreign service workers are dead, and our credit rating just got downgraded – again. But, yes, let’s not hate on poor Barry. Especially while he’s hawking sweatshirts while the caskets of dead Americans are being unloaded from an airplane. Yep, it’s Romney who had the bad week..

joejm65 on September 14, 2012 at 4:36 PM

American Journalism Has Been Officially Outsourced

Mutnodjmet on September 14, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Nicey nice Mitt………does he really really understand the media hates him?

PappyD61 on September 14, 2012 at 4:11 PM

No. It’s a hard-wired thing. I don’t think he ever will.

rrpjr on September 14, 2012 at 4:37 PM

How can the economy benefit Obama? People who are voting know situation and the situation of their family, friends, and neighbors.

The dems think this will benefit them because they think that they can lie and tell people that what the people are experiencing is not happening. That’s not going to work this time around.

AZfederalist on September 14, 2012 at 4:34 PM

That one has a veeeeeery convoluted logic…

jimver on September 14, 2012 at 4:39 PM

That is the job left to the grass roots supporters who are now spending their time kn ocking on doors so as to spread the messages of our preferred candidates
DannoJyd on September 14, 2012 at 4:25 PM

.
While that may be true, people are glues to the tube.
Thats what super-pacs are for.
Visuals.

They need to put Team Ocommie in the defending his lies role. After all, there is no shortage of lies to choose from.

The media will have a difficult time covering them up for their Leader.

FlaMurph on September 14, 2012 at 4:40 PM

The media is beyond in the tank for Obowmao. They should be embarrassed at their lack of coverage of real issues. Romney is racist for daring to point out Obooboo’s foreign relations stupidity seems to be the only thing happening around the world these days.

Laura in Maryland on September 14, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Ad idea for Romney:

Dark, slow-mo footage of the violent protests. Ends with US flag being replaced by black Islam flag (see: Drudge)

Audio beneath footage of Obama talking about his inauguration and how middle east tensions will ease.

Lord of the Wings on September 14, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Say what? How does the economy benefit Obama? Has he been successful in making sure unemployment below 7% as he promised?

Doesn’t matter. He runs around saying he’s created millions of jobs since “he really took office” in August 2009 (expecting everyone to give him a a pass on the first 8 mos, and so far they are)and that Mitt is just Bush who left him this mess and presto! You have shifted blame…it works even better when Mitt refuses to hit back.

newtopia on September 14, 2012 at 4:42 PM

This does nothing to change the fact that the Bush McRomney plane is still going down in flames.

newtopia numbnut on September 14, 2012 at 4:31 PM

KOOLAID2 on September 14, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Dark, slow-mo footage of the violent protests. Ends with US flag being replaced by black Islam flag (see: Drudge)

So you want Obama to win by 20 points instead of 10-15? Sheesh, that idea is a nightmare.

newtopia on September 14, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Obama is such a liar.

Terrye on September 14, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Politifact Rating: Fake But Accurate

Merovign on September 14, 2012 at 4:49 PM

political sociopathy

Is that the polite way to say ‘The president is a #$^&@ liar!’

GarandFan on September 14, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Say what? How does the economy benefit Obama? … …
AZfederalist on September 14, 2012 at 4:34 PM

That’s the stark fact that the Dems, from Bill Clinton and down the line, insist on making the election about the economy. Making the election about the economy in effect discounts O’s extreme leftism, and takes the pressure off other issues that we would win. Sure, they are screwing up the economy, but they are screwing up much bigger things: like the fundamental nature of our country. Their best chance is to get it down to primarily a contest about the economy, and then win on the other issues (and other points,like likeability, and blackness), because we have in effect conceded the “other issues” issue. The other issues will win it for the Dems, since we have been inept on the other issues. And don’t think that the people don’t care about the other issues… they do! We have to be aggressive and self-confident about the other issues, or we simply won’t compete in the voters’ mental space on the other issues. We are so close to losing this election when it is an easy win. It is about the other issues.

anotherJoe on September 14, 2012 at 5:01 PM

The media will have a difficult time covering them up for their Leader.

FlaMurph on September 14, 2012 at 4:40 PM

The liberal media is having NO trouble hiding the facts for 0bama, but at least Romney’s PAC has decided to do something worth while.

The road to the White House DOES run through Michigan.

DannoJyd on September 14, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Wow. The WSJ printed that?! Are you sure? Cause I’m getting worried I’m hallucinating or something.

KMC1 on September 14, 2012 at 5:09 PM

No pride, no love, no nothing for rMoney. Left to saying losing polls are really winning polls. Left to watch him start monday by saying Bam’s a coward then follow it up Friday with he’s a great guy and I agreed with him on the embassy tweet.

Pretty solid week.

tommy chicken hawk on September 14, 2012 at 4:07 PM

KOOLAID2 on September 14, 2012 at 5:11 PM

workingclass artist on September 14, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Glad to see you, workingclassartist. I’ve seen some of your posts, just but haven’t commented. You need to post more….I enjoy your insights and facts.

~This is avafromtexas from……..the unnmentionable site that “owns the world.” :)

avagreen on September 14, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Hammer! Hammer! Hammer! …Break for coffee… Hammer! Hammer! Hammer!

… AND HAMMER SOME MORE!

Punchenko on September 14, 2012 at 5:36 PM

workingclass artist on September 14, 2012 at 4:19 PM

..then it is appropriate to address him as El Presidente Downgrade^2 ?

The War Planner on September 14, 2012 at 5:42 PM

tommy chicken hawk on September 14, 2012 at 4:07 PM

KOOLAID2 on September 14, 2012 at 5:11 PM

..what’s the over/under on this puerile, acne-ridden little sh!t getting bored and going back to pleasuring himself to the pictures in the lingerie section of his mom’s Sears and Roebuck catalogs?

The War Planner on September 14, 2012 at 5:47 PM

I think this would be a great time for the Obama campaign to run and ad with Obama touting the fact the he personally killed Osama Bin Laden & Anwar Al-Awlaki. That would calm things down around the Middle East.

Then they could send 1000 Chevy Volts for use in Tahrir Square with Osama Is Dead / GM Is Alive bumper stickers. At least, this would give the protesters something to burn, if they’re running short.

Concerned_American on September 14, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Middle class tax rates aside, high marginal tax rates for the high earners hurt the middle class by reducing the amount of work those high earners are willing to offer them.

Count to 10 on September 14, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Thank goodness conservatives are starting to point out that Obama lies. They need to find more ways to do that.

Charm on September 14, 2012 at 7:28 PM